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The shadow of Half Dome

The shadow of Half Dome

Having dreamed to come to Yosemite National Park for over 25 years, we were finally there. The first day I saw just a lot of Ansel Adams photographs in front of me. I decided that instead of resisting, rather embrace it and get them out of the system. This was one of the pictures I took during the first day and I can still feel the heart beating as I walked around in there overjoyed and overwhelmed :-)


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Tip on my B&W process

Färna in Sweden - Home of wolves and trolls.

I went over a very narrow footbridge to get across the river when I saw this scene. I saw right away that this will be a monochrome image.

I do all my black and white work in Lightroom. I almost always make sure there are rich blacks (not afraid to blow out some of the blacks) and that there are some whites (not blown out though) in the picture. I do fiddle a lot with the individual colors in the B&W-section of the Develop module to get some contrast between each individual colors. Clarity is a very powerful tool for all kind of pictures but often a B&W can handle a bit more clarity than a color image can. I usually end up somewhere between 40 and 60. A tip!! Is to try out the White balance tools even though it's B&W it can make a big difference. You never know beforehand what's gonna happen, you have to try and see... Try all the way from left to right on both Temperature and the Tint sliders!!! I often finish off with a little tint of red/orange or blue/purple in the darks, about 4 to 6%. In this case I used a 6% tint of blue/purple in the darks and a tint of yellow in the light tones.

Good luck and please let me know if this was any helpful...


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The land of Wolves and Trolls

The land of Wolves and Trolls.

I would like to share with you some Swedish nature, hope you enjoy it. The picture was taken at a place with the imaginative name "The trolls mountain" in Färna. The image consists of six exposures with the focus on different parts of the scene. Then I used Photoshop to blend images together into one image, which takes advantage of the sharpest parts from all the included images. So-called "Focus Stacking". The result is an image with very sharp focus throughout the whole image.

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Different colours of white

Different colors of white


When one has to shoot snow scenes it can be a challenge with how to expose the image. The white snow fooling the automation in your camera to underexpose the image so that the snow gets too dark. If you then try to compensate for this when editing the image it may become very flat and at worst also very noisy.
The trick is to compensates when you take the picture by overexposing the image. I use the histogram on the back to determine how much I'm going to overexpose. I will increase the exposure until the histogram is as far to the right as possible without touching the right edge. I can then increase the black level of the image when I edit it. Here I managed to get the very small differences in the white to clearly appear and show variations of both tone and color.


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Merced River

Yosemite Valley
Merced River in Yosemite Valley

To bring out details in the shadows in the foreground and at the same time bring out details in the bright background, I had to take multiple exposures and then merge them with HDR. This in turn meant that the orange color of the tree trunks and pine needles on the ground got a very unnatural color. So I solved it by making a monochrome image. The HDR processing even brought out a lot of textures in the image.

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